My list of acquisitions I'd like to happen, not in any particular order: Iron Galaxy (Fighting), Moon Studios (Platformer), IO Interactive (Stealth), Dontnod (Episodic), Asobo (Action-Adventure), Mistwalker (JRPG), Platinum (Action-Adventure), Remedy (Cinematic Action Adventure), I'm sure there's more I could think of but those are what come to mind right now.
Personally don't think Microsoft needs anymore UK studios, between Rare, Playground and Ninja Theory I think they have enough, I would like for them to get a European studio outside of UK to show they're willing to make investments in Europe outside of UK, Mojang doesn't really count...
I'm becoming more unsure what Japanese studios to buy, I originally said White Owls but only because I want them to finish D4 or do other episodic content, D4 is unlikely since neither party own the IP, and if Dontnod were possible then they would be a better acquisition for episodic content, which would be perfect for Gamepass.
There's Mistwalker which would require massive staffing up but fill the JRPG gap, although their HQ is in Hawaii, Arc System Works is one that gets thrown around but if Microsoft were to get a fighting studio I'd much rather prefer it to be Iron Galaxy. Possibly Grounding Inc and Mistwalker/Jp Games (For JRPG) would fill some gaps nicely.
Moon Studios already rejected offers so that's unlikely, IO Interactive I think would be beneficial to both parties, they'd fill a genre gap for Microsoft and in turn have more funding themselves, Asobo looks like an interesting studio but I believe they signed up with another publisher, Platinum is a dream and unlikely to happen, Remedy is probably last on my list since they would cost almost $200m which Idk if it would be worth it for how long they typically take to develop games, though Control came out fast and is getting great scores, and Microsoft could do with more cinematic action adventure titles.
Last edited by Ryuu96 - on 26 August 2019